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Coast Guard asks help in identifying owner of drifting kayak

By Star-Advertier staff

LAST UPDATED: 9:43 p.m. HST, Mar 29, 2014

The Coast Guard is searching for a kayaker who may be missing approximately a half-mile northeast of Kilauea Point on Kauai.

The search was launched after watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Kauai received a call on Saturday regarding an unmanned yellow kayak adrift in the area.

Kauai Fire Department personnel located the kayak, which contained diving gear. Fire rescue personnel conducted a search of the area but did not find anyone in distress.

As of Saturday evening, no one had been reported missing or in distress in the area.

The kayak is approximately 15 feet long with the words "Kayakkauai.com" and "Ocean Kayak" marking the side of the vessel. 

The Coast Guard reminds the public to register and label all watercraft and equipment with contact information so officials can quickly account for owners and prevent unnecessary searches. The Coast Guard offers free "If Found" decals, which can be placed on watercraft.

The decals are available for free at local harbormasters, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices, and select retailers. 

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